On New Year’s Eve we had a few cm of snow on the ground, but it warmed up and rained that night and, by the first light of the first day of the new year, everything was green (and brown and grey) again. Not to worry – winter is still here! We had more snow […]
Pine Sawfly devastates my Pinus strobus pendula while a warm first weekend of autumn means the garden stays colourful.
It’s that miraculous time of year where, every day it seems, something new is starting to bloom while something else is starting to fade away. Peonies are in full bloom everywhere now. Yes, they’re gorgeous when open; but really – don’t you just have a tiny gasp upon spotting a perfect flower bud a day […]
For nearly eight years WordPress – the site that hosts this and millions of other blog posts from around the world – has issued a weekly themed photo challenge. As of this week the challenges are ending, and bloggers are posting some of their own favourites as a salute to what was a popular theme. […]
Officially we’ve nearly a month left of spring but with temps close to 30 yesterday it was suddenly shorts and sandals weather. Most of the spring bulbs have had their days of glory, and now that the Camassia are swooning around in all their blue splendour there’s only the Alliums left to bloom (Purple Sensation […]
Now is the time to start planning next spring’s bulb display!
One of the first big landscaping things we did when we started to sink roots into The County was buy this big limestone boulder. We generally call it The Rock, and wanted to use it as a quasi headstone for the ashes of our beloved dog, a black Lab named Bogart, who had recently and […]
The spring ephemerals continue to enthrall — here one week and gone the next. The yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) I wrote about last week has all but disappeared. In its place, but not in nearly as great a number, is the white Trout Lily. Very pretty when you can spot them. The Canada […]
All of a sudden, it seems, we’re in the middle of spring. A few days of 20 degree temps and sunshine means the bulbs are bursting, buds are opening, dandelions are blooming and there’s way too much gardening to do in a day! Here’s a quick Six taken this morning, with a nod to The […]
Spring has a firm hold on us now – there’s no stopping the explosion of colour all over the garden. Tulips, Hyacinths and Narcissus are all starting to parade their seasonal, glorious display and our continued cool temperatures (a few days of warmth forecast for next week notwithstanding) will help ensure a lengthy blooming […]